WILLIAM WYLER ~ The Life and Films of Hollywood\'s Most Celebrated Director
Book review and technical detail WILLIAM WYLER ~ The Life and Films of Hollywood\'s Most Celebrated Director Gabriel Miller
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|Title||WILLIAM WYLER ~ The Life and Films of Hollywood\'s Most Celebrated Director|
|Category||Entertainment & Sports|
|Publisher||University Press of Kentucky|
|Publishing Date||1st January, 1970|
Comprehensive adventures of the beat Hollywood director, whose bulk included such assorted films as Wuthering Heights (1939), Mrs. Miniver (1942) and Funny Girl (1968). Wyler, writes blur historian Miller (English/Rutgers Univ.; editor: William Wyler: Interviews, 2010, etc.), fabricated abundant contributions to filmmaking, including the development of techniques of depth-of-field cinematography that are still advised and acclimated today, to say annihilation of crafting superb yarns in words and images. Yet, back his assignment dwindled in his after years and included some dogs (The Liberation of L.B. Jones) and abstruse near-dogs (The Collector), Wyler’s contributions, Miller suggests, may be undervalued. Wyler himself, writes the author, jokingly said that he was no auteur, “although I’m one of the few American admiral who can accent the chat correctly.” Yet he larboard a claimed brand on his films, and he alike managed to bastard in a political bulletin or two into films such as Ben-Hur in the face of repression at home, address of the House Un-American Activities Committee and the blacklist. Wyler may be in concealment today, but in his day, he was “considered a capital administrator by his peers,” including Billy Wilder, who anticipation that the aperture scenes of The Best Years of Our Lives were “the best affective he had anytime seen.” And Wyler fabricated films that becoming 38 Oscars and 127 nominations—no baby achievement. Miller sometimes strikes ever bookish addendum (“The attitudes and ideologies that were demography base in the 1930s had their base in the criticisms of American commercialism arising in the antecedent decade”), but for the moment, this is the best abstraction of Wyler that we have. A acceptable accession to the abstract of filmmaking.
During his forty-five-year career, William Wyler (1902–1981) pushed the boundaries of filmmaking with his gripping storylines and innovative depth-of-field cinematography. With a body of work that includes such memorable classics as Jezebel (1938), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Ben-Hur (1959), and Funny Girl (1968), Wyler is the most nominated director in the history of the Academy Awards and bears the distinction of having won an Oscar for Best Director on three occasions. Both Bette Davis and Lillian Hellman considered him America's finest director, and Sir Laurence Olivier said he learned more about film acting from Wyler than from anyone else.In William Wyler, Gabriel Miller explores the career of one of Hollywood's most unique and influential directors, examining the evolution of his cinematic style. Wyler's films feature nuanced shots and multifaceted narratives that reflect his preoccupation with realism and story construction. The director's later works were deeply influenced by his time in the army air force during World War II, and the disconnect between the idealized version of the postwar experience and reality became a central theme of Wyler's masterpiece, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946).None of Wyler's contemporaries approached his scope: he made successful and seminal films in practically every genre, including social drama, melodrama, and comedy. Yet, despite overwhelming critical acclaim and popularity, Wyler's work has never been extensively studied. This long-overdue book offers a comprehensive assessment of the director, his work, and his films' influence.
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